A union that represents Massachusetts nurses is pushing for the passage of a bill that would require healthcare providers to partner with unions to create a comprehensive workplace violence program, according to a report in the Boston Business Journal.
A recently introduced bill in the Massachusetts legislature would prevent insurers from sharing private health information with anyone except the patient it concerns when several people are covered through one plan.
Although smartphones can be a major asset in the operating room for doctors and nurses to look up quick information, they can also distract clinicians, according to The Atlantic.
The manager of a Veterans Affairs facility in Georgia has been indicted for falsifying the medical records of veterans awaiting care outside the VA system, according to the Washington Post.
The picture looks increasingly bleak for rural hospitals, as patient volumes decline and care costs and bad debt remain high. But one small rural Missouri provider has found a way to survive without cutting back on services; in fact it has expanded them, according to National Public Radio.
Fewer than 15 percent of healthcare workers comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations for removing personal protective equipment (PPE), according to a study from the American Journal of Infection Control. Correct removal is crucial to reduce contamination from emerging pathogens like the Ebola virus.
With mHealth devices becoming more mainstream, it's time for patients' voices to be heard when it comes to development of the tools. A new set of draft guidelines created to drive wearables development forward is giving them a chance to.
A set of draft guidelines, created by a coalition including Microsoft, Vitality Institute and University of California San Diego, for responsible use of wearables, smartwatches and mHealth apps is open for public comment through mid-October.
Akron, Ohio's Summa Health Systems, Inc. has issued new guidelines for healthcare workers forbidding certain hair colors, long beards, exposed skin and "going commando," according to Cleveland's Fox 8 News.
Nursing staff face a number of safety hazards, to the point that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced increased scrutiny of hospitals' safety precautions. But there are several threats to nurses that hospital leaders must address, according to Becker's Hospital Review.